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Chemical & Microscopic Analysis

Test-Tech provides chemical testing and microscopic analysis of paper and paper-making materials. The paper laboratory handles quality issues, customer complaints and conducts benchmarking exercises, using industry-leading instrumental techniques, bespoke analysis procedures combined with classical methods of paper analysis. Test-Tech works on behalf of the paper industry's leading clients to provide information and problem solving, saving clients time and money.

The paper laboratory's specialised team has detailed knowledge of paper making raw materials, manufacturing and printing processes, providing a focused approach to resolving clients' analytical requests.

Using industry-leading specialised equipment, Test-Tech's paper lab can tackle a wide range of paper quality and production issues, including:

  • Contamination
  • Spots
  • Deposits
  • Environmental factors
  • Water
  • Effluent
  • Air Monitoring
  • Customer Complaints
  • Raw Materials
  • Product Problems
  • Sizing
  • Fillers
  • Multi-Layer Coatings
  • Lamination
  • Printed Materials
  • Residual Solvents
  • Product Deconstruction
  • Benchmarking
  • Research & Development
  • Patent Support

The laboratory provides standard procedures, internal testing and client testing methods.

Analytical laboratory testing instrumentation:

  • Infra-red (FTIR), reflectance (ATR), IR microscope
  • Gas chromatography (GC) with FID / mass spectrometry
  • Thermal desorption (ATD), pyrolysis (py)
  • Solid phase micro-extraction (SPME)
  • Liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UVDAD /RI detection
  • Size exclusion chromatography (SEC / GPC)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), linear and modulated
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Atomic adsorption (AA) flame, hydride, Hg vapour
  • X-ray fluorescence (XRF) UV / visible specttrometry
  • pH, conductivity, electrochemistry, ion specific electrodes (ISE)
  • Stereo optical microscopy
  • Microtome - cross sectioning
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with EDX elemental mapping
  • XRF analysis

The analytical testing laboratory has extensive spectral libraries for both infra-red and mass spectrometry, specific for materials used in the pulp, paper and print industries. Clients can also draw on the experience of Test-Tech's wide network of analytical and physical testing specialists to assist in the diagnosis of problems which require multi-disciplinary expertise.

Case Studies

 Raw material contamination